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Munsen, Lorenz going into USD hall of fame

VERMILLION -- A pair of former area residents will be inducted into the University of South Dakota Coyote Sports Hall of Fame in September. The 2018 inductees include former Mitchell resident and national champion sprinter Michelle (Christie) Mun...

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VERMILLION - A pair of former area residents will be inducted into the University of South Dakota Coyote Sports Hall of Fame in September.

The 2018 inductees include former Mitchell resident and national champion sprinter Michelle (Christie) Munsen, a 1999 USD graduate, and Avon native David Lorenz, who is being added as a special contributor.

Munsen was born in Montego Bay to Sandra Skeen and Percival Christie, and grew up in Jamaica. She is a six-time NCC champion, a five-time All-American, and the national champion of the 200-meter dash at the 1994 NCAA Division II outdoor championship meet. Her winning time of 23.46 seconds remains a USD and state record. She also holds USD and state records in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.44 seconds.

Munsen competed for the Coyotes during the 1994 and 1999 seasons, and was named MVP of the 1994 NCC outdoor championship meet in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She spent a year at Texas State in 1995 before returning to USD. In those two seasons at USD, Munsen had seven top-10 finishes at nationals. In addition to her win in the 200 in 1994, she placed second in the 100-meter dash and third in the 55-meter dash at the indoor national championships with a time of 6.83, a USD record. She was also a member of two All-American 400-meter relay teams.

Munsen and her husband, Scott, have been married for 23 years. They have six children: Isaiah (22), Naomi (20), Rusty (19), Ky (17), Kezia (14) and Jeremiah (8). Munsen worked for Abbott House in Mitchell for six years before moving to Sioux City, Iowa, where she works as a mental health therapist for Family Wellness Associates.

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Lorenz has been a devoted employee, fan and mentor with USD for more than 35 years. Director of Admissions and a near 10-year stint as Dean of Students are among the many roles he has served for the university. Certainly one of his most crowning achievements was starting the academic advising program for student-athletes, which continues as a program others try to emulate.

Lorenz has advised thousands of students and student-athletes including countless academic All-Americans and postgraduate scholars, and USD won many academic awards during his tenure. He was the lone adviser when he founded the program, which served more than 350 student-athletes at its inception. Semi-retired, Lorenz continues to advise students within the kinesiology and health science departments at USD.

Lorenz grew up in Avon, and graduated from University of South Dakota-Springfield in 1971 and has a master's degree from USD. He and his wife, Jeaneite, have two grown children, Arlo and Raychel.

The remainder of the class includes former running back Stefan Logan, diving champion Shad Durham, volleyball player Lindsey (Soukup) Freeman, and the 1998-99 men's swimming and diving team.

The class will be formally inducted in a ceremony to be held Sept. 7 ahead of USD's football home opener against Northern Colorado on Sept. 8.

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